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  • Music, especially his beloved harmonica, helped Bryn Thomas through an unusual drug reaction. His mom, Millie, wrote a song about the frustration and desperation she felt while dealing with the mysterious illness. Bryn, who has nonverbal autism and cerebral palsy, and his mom recorded the song to raise money for a therapy dog.

    Song helps autistic boy, mom cope with medical mystery

    One day in 2013, young Bryn Thomas suddenly became very sick. He was pale, anxious, shaking and pacing. For almost two years, his doctors and parents couldn’t figure out what was happening to him. And, even worse, Bryn was unable to tell them. Bryn, now 17, has nonverbal autism and cerebral palsy. He was born at 34 weeks of pregnancy and, by the time he was 18 months old, his mother, Millie Thomas, knew something was wrong. Millie, a dermatologist, […]

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    White House Correspondents’ Dinner: Obama vs. Trump, the sequel

    WASHINGTON – “Obama out.” President Barack Obama took his leave of the White House press corps Saturday with a sardonic blast at Donald Trump, the Republican Party and even fellow Democrats in his final tart-tongued stand-up riff for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Trump, the widely anticipated target of Obama’s barbs who was memorably skewered in 2011, was not in attendance – a fact that did not go unnoticed by the commander in chief. “I am a little hurt […]

  • The embattled Syrian city of Aleppo experienced widespread destruction as regime forces try to secure their advance while residents continue to flee the area. Syria's power infrastructure has been damaged during the war, accounting in part for frequent outages even in areas that it still serves.

    Kerry expresses outrage after 50 killed in strike on Syrian hospital

    An airstrike on a pediatric hospital in Syria has killed 50 people, rights and humanitarian groups said, as the United Nations warns the situation in Aleppo has become “catastrophic” amid intensified fighting in recent days. The U.N. special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told reporters in Geneva on Thursday Syria’s nationwide “cessation of hostilities” is under serious threat of collapse and a humanitarian disaster is unfolding as violence increases in Aleppo and three other locations. Al Quds field hospital, […]

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    Texas flooding kills woman, 4 grandchildren

    By the time Lenda Asberry and her four grandchildren tried to leave home in the dark of night, rapidly rising floodwaters already were up to the roof, police in eastern Texas say — too late, it turned out, for a safe escape. Asberry, 64, and her grandchildren, ages 6 to 9, died early Saturday after being swept away by floodwaters in the eastern Texas city of Palestine, police said. It was part of a system of severe storms that left […]

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    Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas

    Every year in mid-spring, there comes a morning when you wake up in a cold sweat with one thought on your mind. When is Mother’s Day this year?! God forbid, did I miss it?!!! No, you haven’t missed it. Mother’s Day falls on different dates around the world, but for the United States, Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May. Go ahead and mark that in your calendar for next year so you don’t have to have another […]

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    Colorado woman who cut out fetus sentenced to 100 years

    BOULDER, Colo. – A Colorado woman convicted of cutting an unborn baby from its mother’s womb was sentenced Friday to 100 years in prison. Former nurse’s aide Dynel Lane, 35, attacked Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant and had responded to Lane’s online ad for maternity and baby clothes. Wilkins survived the March 18, 2015, attack but her unborn baby — a girl — did not. “You knowingly left me to die multiple times,” Wilkins said Friday in a […]

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    Students punished after reporting rape at Brigham Young University

    PROVO, Utah — The horror of rape or sexual assault is traumatizing enough for any victim. But for multiple young women at Brigham Young University, they claim they received backlash, instead of support, after reporting sexual violence to the school. Brooke’s nightmare began in February 2014, when she was a freshman. She said she had taken hallucinogenic drugs just before being assaulted. She was with a group of guys at an off-campus apartment. She admitted that she took the drugs […]

  • Scores of protesters took to the streets following a Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa, California on April 28, 2016, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and on horseback who sought to disperse the crowd.
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    Protesters take to streets after Trump rally in California

    COSTA MESA, Calif.  — Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night outside a Donald Trump campaign event here, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and on horseback who sought to disperse the crowd. The crowd gathered in the streets outside the OC Fair & Event Center as Trump addressed several thousand supporters at the Center’s amphitheater. At least one police car was damaged and several scuffles broke out amid the hectic scene. Protesters blocked a […]

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    More information about man dressed in animal outfit who allegedly threatened Baltimore TV station

    He wore either a hedgehog or panda onesie. The fake explosives were fashioned from wires and chocolate bars wrapped in foil, police said. His face was hidden behind sunglasses and a surgical-type mask. It’s unclear what possessed the 25-year-old man to walk into a Baltimore television news station Thursday and demand airtime, police said. But he was shot and wounded by officers after a brief standoff. Video of man walking out of @FOXBaltimore pic.twitter.com/3Q2i4gwtw6 — Shelley Orman (@ShelleyOFox45) April 28, […]

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    Uproar over report that Will Ferrell will play President Reagan

    Will Ferrell is well known for his George W. Bush impersonation, but reports he will play another president have riled some people. Will Ferrell to play President Reagan, according to new report. But not everyone’s laughing. https://t.co/9pvkg6YpCy pic.twitter.com/w35XNJuYro — CNN (@CNN) April 28, 2016 According to Variety, the former ‘SNL’ cast member is set to star as President Ronald Reagan in the planned film ‘Reagan.’ The publication reports “the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when […]

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    4 female University of Georgia students killed in tragic crash

    ATHENS, Ga. — The four University of Georgia students that were killed following a two-vehicle crash in Oconee County Wednesday night have been identified. The crash happened at about 9 p.m. on Highway 15, near Watkinsville, according to WGCL. The accident scene is about 14 miles south of Athens. According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, five female students from the University of Georgia were headed northbound when they crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle. Three of […]